Literary Terms: Foil-Frame Story

Foil
A minor character whose contrast with a main character highlights particular traits of the main character

Folklore
The traditional beliefs, customs, stories, songs, and dances of a culture. Folklore is passed down through oral tradition and is based in the concerns of ordinary people.

Folktale
An anonymous traditional story passed down orally long before being written down. Folktales include animal stories, trickster stories, fairy tales, myths, legends, and tall tales

Foreshadowing
The use of clues by the author to prepare readers for events that will happen later in the story

Frame Story
A plot structure that includes the telling of one story within another story. The frame is the outer story, which usually precedes and follows the inner, more important story